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Anil Ambani to withdraw ₹5000 crore worth defamation suits against Congress leaders, National Herald

FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2018 file photo, Chairman of Reliance Group Anil Ambani speaks during the company's annual general meeting in Mumbai, India. India's top court has held industrialist Anil Ambani and two of his directors guilty of contempt of court and ordered them to pay 5.5 billion rupees ($77.29) million owed to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2018 file photo, Chairman of Reliance Group Anil Ambani speaks during the company's annual general meeting in Mumbai, India. India's top court has held industrialist Anil Ambani and two of his directors guilty of contempt of court and ordered them to pay 5.5 billion rupees ($77.29) million owed to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Just a day before the announcement of results of national polls, the Anil Ambani led Reliance Group on Tuesday decided to withdraw the ₹5,000-crore civil defamation suits filed in an Ahmedabad court against Congress leaders and National Herald newspaper over their statements and an article on the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal.

The suits, which sought damages worth ₹5000 crore from the individual and National Herald, were being heard in the court of city civil and sessions judge P.J. Tamakuwala in Ahmedabad. "We have intimated the defendants that we are going to withdraw the suits against them," the complainant's lawyer, Rasesh Parikh, told media in Ahmedabad.

Moreover, in a statement, the ADAG group said, “We believe that the defamatory statements by certain individuals and corporate bodies with regard to the offset agreement between Reliance Group and Dassault Aviation were made for political purposes in the run up to the Lok Sabha election 2019 that concluded on Sunday, 19 May, 2019. Besides, the subject matter is pending for adjudication before the Hon Supreme Court.”


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